Mardi Himal Trek 9-Days

Trip Highlights

Just like most of the Annapurna treks, Mardi Himal Trek also starts and elapses at Pokhara. This is the most popular city in Nepal. It is a perfect place to rest after the strenuous treks in the Annapurna region. The Pokhara city is 200 km to the west of the capital city, Kathmandu. Different airlines run several flights from the Kathmandu city daily. It is also approximately 7-8 hours drive by bus. Local vehicles also depart from Kathmandu city every hour until 3 pm in the afternoon. Luxury Tourist Buses and other tourist vehicles are also available in the morning. Experts and professionals such as Forests Trip are readily available to help you sets up and organize your trip.

Mardi Himal Trek schedule is usually 5-7 hours daily and it starts and ends at the Pokhara city. It also includes 1-2 hours transport which commences and ends at the Kathmandu city. The trip schedule depends on your available time and preference. This trek can also be combined with other related treks at the Annapurna region. Most tourists combined the trek with the Kapuche Lake Trek (Virgin Ice Lake Trek), Sikles Trek, Ghandruk trek and others.

Mardi Himal trek only requires an average level of fitness because direct climbing such as mountain climbing is not involved. The trip involves simple trekking in some bumpy areas which are close to the base camp and the high-level camp. For the climbing along the Mardi Himal Trek, the number of hours a tourist can stay climbing should be noted. The trip usually comprises 4-7 hours of slowly climbing up the legendary trekking destination.

The Mardi Himal Trek is located in the eastern part of the most famous camp trek in Nepal – the Annapurna Base Camp trek. It is a wonderful place for adventurers all over the world. There are fascinating trails and paths through wonderful rhododendron forests. Mardi Himal Trek extends up to the woodland which is about 3,300 meters in elevation. The scenery changes swiftly into a rugged high hill landscape with amazing and beautiful views of the Mardi Himal. From the High camp (roughly 3900m), you can climb up to the Mardi Himal Base Camp in 3 to 4 hours. This offers an amazing and beautiful view of the whole Annapurna Camp Range. There are varieties of guest houses and residential apartments along the whole path.

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TOUR DETAILS
  • Duration 9 Days
  • Activities Trekking
  • Trekking starting from Pokhara
  • Max-Altitude 4,500m
  • Activity Level Easy
  • Group Size Min. 1Pax
  • Tour Type Private and group tour

Flying to Kathmandu is thrilling with the views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost delighted, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu at any time you will be welcomed by our representative and transfer to hotel. Our representative will also explain the program in detail. You can relax at the hotel since we do not have any plan for this day. Overnight stay at the hotel.

After hot breakfast drive 200km to Pokhara and it takes about 6-7 hours from Kathmandu by tourist bus. It is an exciting and romantic drive that we can enjoy beautiful scenic view of terraced rice field, eye catching landscape, Trisuli and Marsyangdi Rivers and spectacular panoramic view of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Lamjung Himal and most of Annapurna Himalayan Range are seen. The tourist coach stops for breakfast at 09:00 am and at around 12:00 for lunch on the way to Pokhara.

After hot breakfast we drive half an hour to Phedi and commence our trek to Pothana at the elevation of 1810m. The trail is steep until Dhampus and pleasant easy walk up to Pothana, where you stay in a teahouse lodge for the first night.

From Pothana you walk up to a place called Pitam Deurali where you will turn off the main Annapurna Sanctuary trek and continue along a quiet trail through a dense forest of oak, maple, hemlock and rhododendron. The trail continues from Forest Camp to Low Camp through the forest however as we ascend the vegetation starts to change with more rhododendron and the trees are covered with moss, lichen and tree ferns. At Low Camp, there are few basic lodges one with a dining room with open fire. The view from Low Camp is superb with Mount Machhapuchhre visible up the valley. Overnight at Low Camp

An hour climb the through rhododendron forest takes us to Lower Middle Camp, Middle Camp and then to Badale Danda offers a great view of Mardi Himal Annapurna South and Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre & Gangapurna. The trail continues along the Mardi Himal ridge mainly on the grass with some isolated rhododendron bushes along the way. Look out for the colourful Danphe pheasant on this section of the trail. The lodge at High Camp has more facilities then Low camp. The view from the lodge is superb to Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail).

The day experience is extra tough than other days with a steep climb and a long walk. The trail becomes extra vertiginous at a few points with choppy and steep rocky steps. The first steep climb will take approximately 2 hrs to the ridge top that’s marked as MHBC (Mardi Himal Base Camp). However, the real base camp will take about some other 2 hrs along the ridge. The view is remarkable all alongside the ridge there is a well-established trail through the grass with a couple of steeper sections however overall not too challenging. Look out for the dzokpo (yak/ cow crossbreds) grazing up here as well as Danphe pheasant. In the summer the sheep and goats from lower villages are brought up to graze in this area so you will pass a number of herder’s huts along the way. After three hours you should reach Base Camp at the elevation of 4500m this is where one can look into the Annapurna Sanctuary and the panorama view is spectacular looking at the south face of Annapurna and all of the peaks in the Sanctuary as well as Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail).

On the way back we take a different path to finish a circuit, from Low Camp there is a trail that goes down to Siding village. Siding is a traditional Nepalese village and nevertheless very much away from the busier modern-day visitor treks and it’s far possibly you’ll stay at a homestay in Siding. It is a wonderful cultural experience finding out more about village life and you will probably eat dhal baht in the evening with the family in their kitchen.

From Siding you walk out to the road head at Lumre, on the way from Siding you will pass the villages of Kalimati and Ghalel. At Ghalel you may see waterfalls which is famous for canyoning. Kalimati is mainly a Brahmin village with Ghalel and Siding mixed Brahmin and Gurung. At Lumre, you will meet jeep organised by Wilderness Excursion in advance to drive you back to Pokhara.

We ride the tourist but to Kathmandu and have lunch on the way. Upon arriving in Kathmandu, do some shopping souvenirs for dear ones back home and enjoy last hours in Nepal. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Airport picks up & drops by Private Vehicle.
  • Two-night hotel in Kathmandu on BB plan.
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara & Pokhara to Kathmandu by deluxe tourist bus.
  • Bus station/ Airport to the hotel by car.
  • Two nights hotel in Pokhara (Before and after trek).
  • Pokhara to Phedi & at the end of the trek back from Lumre to Pokhara by Jeep.
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and Tea/ Coffee).
  • Accommodation along the trek.
  • Professional English speaking, Eco Trained trekking guide his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine, transportation etc.
  • Porter (One porter for two trekkers, salary, transportation, insurance, equipment, food, and lodging included.
  • Equipment: Sleeping Bag, Rain Coat & Trekking Stick (Return after the trek).
  • All Legal Document (ACAP)TIMS, Permit etc.
  • Dry fruits along the trek.
  • Tourist service charge, VAT etc.
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Extra nights in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Cold drinks; coke, mineral water, beer, Fanta etc.
  • Personal Expenses (shower, boiled water, telephone, laundry service etc).
  • Tips for guide and porters.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on including section.

FAQs

Like most of the Annapurna treks except Annapurna Circuit, Mardi Himal Trek also starts and ends in Pokhara – second biggest city and naturally blessed place to relax after the big hikes in Annapurna. It is 200km to west from Kathmandu. All domestic airlines run several flights daily from Kathmandu which cost USD 122.00 per person. And about 7-8 hours drive by tourist bus. Wilderness Excursion arranges and handles everything on your request.

Mardi Himal Trek Itinerary will be 5 to 6 days from/to Pokhara and 1 to 2 days transportation day from/to Kathmandu depending on the time you have and level of your physical fitness. This trek can be combined with other related treks to Annapurna; many people combine this trek with Ghandruk trek, Poonhill Trek, Annapurna Base Camp trek, Machaapuchhre Model trek etc. Our carefully designed 9 days itinerary is for relaxing and comfortable trekkers. Taking domestic flights to Pokhara from Kathmandu and start the trek on same day shortens the trip as flights save your time. We also offer tailor-made Mardi Himal Trek so please send us your detail and requirements.

Although trekking is possible throughout the year each season has different advantages and attractions and advantages offer for trekking in Annapurna region. The temperature in the mountains also depends according to the altitude range – higher the altitude, lower the temperature. March-May Trekking season begins after March. Trekking in the spring between mid-March and mid-April means that you will get to see the incredible displays of Rhododendrons that flower in the forests around Ghorepani. Temperature starts rising from mid March up to mid May. Weather is cool at this time. Sky is very clear and you can enjoy the clearest views of mountains. June-August It usually rains during this season. Monsoon generally begins around the end June and continues up to the second week of August. The temperature during the days usually ranges from 10°C to 23? and gets relatively colder at night ( 5°C to 10?) mornings are usually clear with clouds building up during the afternoon and disappearing again at night. Because of the rainfall Rhododendron forests around Ghorepani will be rife with leeches .However, the northern sections around the Mustang Region doesn’t get as affected by the monsoon as it lies within a rainshadow area Though the rain may cause some problems .Various plants bloom during this season , the valleys will be green and totally different view than during other seasons.Please note that rain clouds may boack views and mudslides are common around the entire circuit. September-October This is a favourite among tourists with the most favorable weather and perfect climate condition. The sun shines bright the skies are clear you get a superb view of mountains and the temperature is perfect for daytime trek. you can enjoy spectacular starry skies since the sky is clear at night. The monsoons will be over by early September and the weather ranges from mild to warm days. Daytime temperatures can reach upto 20c in high altitudes,the nights are cold,temperatures may go down around 5c.the greens that grew during monsoon fade to golden/amber proving a spectacular contrast against the crystal blue skies, grains are ripen in the enclave. The environment is clean and lowlands are lush. The biggest festivals of Nepal like Dashain, Tihar also fall during this season.this is the busiest period on the Annapurna Circuit and lodges book up quickly, we recommend booking with Discovery world Trekking as soon as possible for this season. November November is a busy season, the clearest month, with crisp and sparkling sky.The daytime temperatures at this month is usually the most stable,from mild to cool conditions, the humidity is aso pretty dry with very cold nights. December-February The coldest time is from December through early February, after late February,climate gradually gets warmer Temperatures get extremely cold dropping to -5 degree C at high altitudes. daytime is pleasantly and relatively warm with sunshine.At over 5,000 metres, Thorung La Pass is often deluged with snow and will close for days on end when this happens. Despite being cold the skies are usually very clear, mountain views are at their best.with snowy caps the it might snow and the ground will be snow the trails are the least busy at this time.it may not be the best season for beginners but experienced trekkers will have no problem.do keep in mine that late february- early march is also the period in the Annapurna Region when avalanches are most common. Please Note: Weather in the Himalaya can be unpredictable and change quickly; temperature can vary vastly from day to night.

Depending on the season you wish to go trekking you may have to make adjustments to clothing and equipment however these are the necessities list we prepared to keep your comfort and utility in mind. We never recommend our clients to bring over equipment which is not necessary for the trek.

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide-brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries

Face

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes

Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight winter gloves

Body

  • Hiking shirts
  • Long sleeved shirt made of synthetic fibre
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-shirts ( bring Lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • down jacket ( available in rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and pants

Footwear

  • Hiking Boots that been worn in
  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)

Essential gear

  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not).
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high altitude trek)
  • Toiletries (toilet papers,  toothpaste, toothbrush, )

Toiletries

  • Medium size drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant/ floss
  • Biodegradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror

Most importantly, tipping is at travellers discretion and should be relied on good service that does not form the part of wages for your Guides, porters and crew although they are very much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, a tip is an accepted and honoured way to say thank you (Dhanyabada) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the end of the trip. The amount of the trip is entirely a personal preference that may be more or less depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget and appreciation of their work. It is important to Discovery World Trekking crews who professionally take care of you all the time during the trekking, inspire excellent service and offer enriching journey- a trip of once in a lifetime experience. We ensure that all of our crews including guides and porters are paid well and treated fairly with respect.

One Review to “Mardi Himal Trek”

    • Maria

    Thanks to Mohan and the team we were able to experience and unforgettable, amazing 5 days trek on Mardi Himal while keeping with our reatricted budget. Mohan was super helpful in guiding us on choosing the best route and options…. and surely with no dissapointment! Our guide, Bharat, was super excelent and we experienced the unexpected, even sleeping at 4300m on Mardi to wait for perfect sunrise views…. THANK YOUUUU you guys are amazing! We truly hope we will have another chance to visit


    Rating: 5 / 5

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